Tag Archives: rural tourism development

Congratulations to Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio!

2 Mar

Inspiring videos and a big-time award for Travel Oregon’s Rural Tourism Studio program; so glad to be a part of this great initiative!

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Agritourism initiative in Oregon

17 Jun

I’ve been working with Travel Oregon as well as a group of partners including Oregon State University Small Farms program to cultivate a better environment for agritourism here. This work renews my gratefulness to those who steward the environment, preserve open space and beautiful vistas, and work the soil to put healthy delicious food on my table!

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Project updates: tourism, collaboratives, sustainability, crowd-funding, more!

12 Jun

In a departure from our usual blog mini-essays, here’s an overview and links for some of the fabulous projects and groups with whom we’re working now.

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Project Update: An Oregon Timber Town Reinventing Itself

2 May

How are the people in Oakridge, Oregon reinventing their community? Prepare to be inspired!

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Project update: Grand opening at Wineries without Walls in Veneta

19 Nov

With seed funding from the City of Veneta and lots of volunteer sweat equity, the Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce created the “Wineries without Walls” storefront as a community economic development initiative. There’s been a great side benefit to my work on the project feasibility analysis and business plan- I now have this great little place nearby with a wonderful collection of local, hard-to-find wines for the holidays!

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Join us in New Zealand February 2012: Sustainable tourism study tour!

25 Oct

This coming February, I’m helping to lead a study tour to New Zealand for travel professionals, planners, and community developers who want to learn from a destination renowned for quality tourism experiences. What better way to learn than to experience it ourselves, and debrief that experience with New Zealand based travel industry professionals along the way!

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As April showers bring May flowers, summer plans yield autumn celebrations

31 Aug

What a disorienting season this odd-weathered summer has been. Now, as August ends, autumn is truly around the corner, and several clients from the past year are launching exciting new initiatives!

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Joining a club that will have you as a member: Tourism development lesson from Australia

7 Jul

Groucho Marx famously said he wouldn’t want to join a club that would have him as a member. Well, I disagree! It seems a common practice in Australia to offer free day passes to member-only establishments if one lives so many kilometers away from the community.

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Creative tourism? Yes. Irresistible? Not so much . . .

27 Jun

Time will tell if a creative new “eco-tourism” adventure in the Philippines proves to be innovative from a business perspective as well. In the meantime, it’s certainly creative! But not my idea of a good time.

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Make it worth rising before dawn: Part III lessons from New Zealand rural tourism development

25 Jun

I, a seriously non-morning person, convinced my husband that we should pay good money to be awakened before dawn for a day of adventure in Dunedin on the southeast coast of New Zealand. The draw, it turned out, was an irresistible package of local attractions, and I’d bet that many communities could do the same, albeit with different attractions.

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